UPDATED: City Council Member Jonny Williams to face incumbent Todd Kana in Magnolia race for mayor; former Council Member John Bramlett withdraws

Two city of Magnolia races are contested for the May 2 election, including the race for mayor. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Two city of Magnolia races are contested for the May 2 election, including the race for mayor. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Two city of Magnolia races are contested for the May 2 election, including the race for mayor. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's note: Former Council Member John Bramlett told Community Impact Newspaper he had withdrawn from the race for Position 5 on Feb. 20 due to his wife's health. This leaves Josh Abernathy as the sole candidate for Council Member Position 5.

Magnolia City Council Member Jonny Williams will run against current Mayor Todd Kana in the race for city of Magnolia mayor in May.

According to candidate filing information, Williams filed Jan. 23 and Kana filed Jan. 15 to be on the May 2 ballot. Feb. 14 was the last day to file for a place on the general ballot.

Kana has served as mayor since 2010 after being elected as a council member in 2005 and 2007, according to city information.

Williams was first appointed to council in January 2014 to fill a vacancy, which was held by his late wife, Patsy Williams, according to city information. He currently holds the Position 5 seat, which is also up for election May 2.


Vying for Williams' seat, John Bramlett filed to run for Position 5 on Jan. 28, and Josh Abernathy filed Feb. 14, candidate filing information shows. Bramlett previously served as mayor and as a city council member but lost a re-election bid for Position 2 in May 2019 by one vote, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Abernathy is a customer solutions manager and a five-year resident of the city, according to filing documents.

However, Bramlett withdrew from the race for Position 5 on Feb. 20, he said. This leaves Abernathy as the sole candidate for Position 5.

Incumbent Brenda Hoppe is running unopposed for Position 4 as of the Feb. 14 filing deadline.

Several May 2 elections in Magnolia ISD and Tomball City Council are uncontested as well as of Feb. 14. Incumbent Kristi Baker is running unopposed for MISD trustee Position 4, and incumbent Joe Duncan is unopposed for Position 5, district officials said.

Additionally, Tomball City Council Members John Ford and Lori Klein Quinn have filed for re-election to Positions 1 and 5, respectively. Both races are uncontested, according to City Secretary Doris Speer.
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By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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